Multilingual Collection

The Barrie Public Library is pleased to offer a large multilingual collection of books, DVDs, magazines, music and more.

These materials are available at both branches, with the larger collection available at our Downtown Branch.  Books and DVDs can be transferred between branches and may be returned to whichever branch is convenient for you.

Adult Collection

Our adult multilingual and French collections consist of fiction and non-fiction books, DVDs and magazines in a variety of languages, including French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Urdu and Vietnamese. Not all languages have all 3 item types. 

Children’s Collection

Our Children’s collection contains books in French, Arabic, Chinese, German, Italian, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog and Urdu.

Digital Library - Multilingual Resources

Language Learning

Mango Languages - Learn over 70 languages through interactive lessons and activities, including Spanish, English, French, German, Korean – and even Pirate!

Little Pim - 10 language programs for kids ages 0-6 including Arabic, Chinese, English/ESL, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish.

French Language Resources

Encyclopedia Universalis - Une importante encyclopédie de langue française.   L'information est regroupée par ordre alphabétique et thématique. On y trouve aussi un dictionnaire, un atlas des pays, et des sites Internet recommandés. Pour la meilleur expérience, utilisez Chrome ou Firefox.  N'utilisez pas Internet Explorer.

Encyclopedia Universalis Junior - Une encyclopédie en français spécialement conçue pour les enfants et les jeunes adolescents.  Il existe une version anglaise de plusieurs articles, ainsi qu’un dictionnaire français – anglais, anglais - français.  Pour la meilleur expérience, utilisez Chrome ou Firefox.  N'utilisez pas Internet Explorer.

MaBiblioNumerique - Vous y trouverez des œuvres de fiction pour les adultes, ados, et enfants – albums, bandes-dessinées, et romans ainsi que des documentaires d’intérêt général.

Help Guide  | Guide d'aide

Sante en Francais - Fournit des rapports faciles à lire avec des renseignements scientifiquement fondés dans le domaine de la santé.

Tumble Biblio Enfants - Elle inclut des livres pour enfants, des romans jeunesse, des romans classique, des vidéos, des casse têtes et jeux, des nouvelles graphiques et des livres en d’autres langues comme en espagnol et en anglais.

 Multilingual Language Resources

Libraries on the Go ebooks & audiobooks - Borrow popular and bestselling eBooks and audiobooks in English, French, Chinese, German, Russian, and Spanish.

PressReader - Delivers full-colour, full-page images of over 6,000 newspapers and magazines from 120 countries in 60 languages the day they hit the newsstands.  Archives of up to 60 days are available as well as today's papers.  Advanced features include setting up your own collection of preferred titles, the option to join the conversation and comment on articles, automated translation, and the ability to listen to articles.  Includes the Barrie Examiner, Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Star, and many more Canadian and International titles.

RBdigital Online Magazines - Full digital copies of popular English and French magazines. Read online on your phone, tablet, computer or Kindle, or download the app to read offline.  

Request other languages or materials

The languages chosen represent some of the most popular languages other than English spoken in Barrie and Oro-Medonte.  If there are materials you wish to borrow that are not available at our library, please make a request at one of our service desks and staff will help you with an Interlibrary Loan.

If you have any questions about our multilingual and French collections, please contact us through Ask a Librarian.

Learn more about our French collection and resources.